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Cilnia is a genus of Mantodea (praying mantis), that is native to Africa.

It contains two species:

  • Cilnia chopardi
  • Cilnia humeralis
Cilnia (gens)

The gens Cilnia was an Etruscan family during the time of the Roman Republic. The gens is best known from Gaius Cilnius Maecenas, a trusted friend and advisor of Augustus, who was famous for his immense wealth and patronage of the arts.